The site was initially created by the Web Standards Project in August 2004 to convince users to switch to a web browser other than Microsoft's Internet Explorer. It focused on security issues in Internet Explorer and suggested four alternatives: Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari and Google Chrome. The core of the site was a collection of testimonials by people who had switched from Internet Explorer to alternative web browsers.
On December 18, 2007, it was discovered that the browsehappy.com site contained hidden links in the footer to freecookingrecipes.net, an online recipe site. When pointed out on the wordpress.org and wordpress.com support forums, those links were quickly removed without a response from Automattic.
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- heise - "Glücklich browsen" ohne Internet Explorer - Staff Writer - 25.08.2004 
- BrowseHappy Now Part of WordPress as WaSP Refocuses Mission - Molly E. Holzschlag -  Archived 2005-08-22 at the Wayback Machine
- BrowseHappy's Homemade Holiday Treats